The base rate was held in September, GDP is growing slowly, the construction materials price index is decreasing, and Propertymark Commercial agent sentiment is increasing in several key areas. However, economic uncertainty remains and improvements in sentiment are generally from a low base.
The commercial property market has seen a sluggish start to 2023. Since the Kwarteng budget of September 2022, the market has been subdued. And while we have continued to see small gains in capital values, there seems little drive in the market from investors at present. These patterns are clearly reflected in our latest Commercial Outlook.
NAEA Propertymark Commercial agents reported a more positive outlook for many sectors compared to last quarter. Better than anticipated performance of the UK economy and resettling after the Truss/Kwarteng budget have resulted in improved expectations.
The worst outlook for the next year remains in the pubs and restaurants sector. With cost-of-living concerns, energy prices and interest rate rises affecting tenants’ bottom lines, combined with liquidations leading to rising supply, rental levels are expected to decline along with capital values and investment yields.
This is the first iteration of the Propertymark Commercial Outlook. The report is based on a survey of NAEA Commercial agents combined with an analysis of key economic forecasts for the UK to equip interested audiences with the most up-to-date information on the commercial property market for the coming quarter.